Leaving Corporate Boundaries: Leveraging Mentors in Career Transitions to Entrepreneurship

Terjesen, Siri A. & Sullivan, Sherry (2007) Leaving Corporate Boundaries: Leveraging Mentors in Career Transitions to Entrepreneurship. In Solomon, George (Ed.) The Academy of Management 2007 Annual Meeting : Doing Well By Doing Good, 3 - 8 August 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia.

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This study explores the under-researched subject of the role of mentoring within and outside of organizational boundaries, as individuals make the transition from corporate careers to starting their own businesses. Answering calls for more qualitative, inductive research on entrepreneurial network relationships, we completed structured, in-depth interviews with twenty-four men and women who recently left management positions to pursue entrepreneurial career paths. Building on a social capital perspective, we found that mentoring relationships with structural, relational and cognitive embeddedness were most likely to transfer from the individual’s corporate career to their new venture. We also found support for both the recent literature on multiple mentors and for gender differences in the patterns of these mentoring relationships. This study has important implications for the growing number of individuals interested in opting out of corporate positions to start their own ventures as well as implications for future research directions on mentoring and careers.

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ID Code: 12933
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Access to the author-version is currently restricted pending permission from the publisher. For more information, please refer to the conference's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: Boundaryless Careers, Careers, Entrepreneurship, Mentors, New Ventures, Social Capital
ISSN: ISBN 15438643
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Academy of Management
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2011 13:35

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